– A Tampa real estate broker has been arrested for allegedly using his company’s real estate listings to promote his own company’s sale.
Travis McAlpine, 42, of Tallahassee, was charged with six counts of promoting a company’s business by using his own business for promotional purposes, according to an arrest warrant affidavit filed Monday in the Hillsborough County District Court.
McAlpine allegedly sold two properties to his real estate firm for more than $4 million each, the warrant states.
The homes, located in Sarasota, Palm Beach, West Palm Beach and West Palm Springs, were bought by McAlpinys son, who owns the properties.
McAlepine allegedly offered to sell the properties to a third party, which was then sold by McAlepine to a different company, the affidavit states.
McAllpine allegedly used his company as a promotional tool to promote a sale by a different real estate brokerage, the complaint states.
He also allegedly used the brokerage’s website and social media accounts to advertise the properties, the document states.
The investigation was conducted by the Florida Attorney General’s Office and the Tampa Bay Times.